Latest COVID wave grips Orange County, hospitalizations stay low for now

“We’re definitely in a surge, we’re going to see increases but I don’t think it’s going to be as dramatic an increase as we saw with the winter Omicron wave,” said Sanghyuk Shin, a UC Irvine [associate professor of nursing,] epidemiologist and public health expert. … “It’s almost guaranteed that somebody is going to be breathing out the virus into the air and there’s a good chance that you might be inhaling somebody’s air that they just breathed out that may contain SARS-COV2 virus in the aerosol,” he said in a phone interview last week, urging people to wear masks indoors when outside of their homes.